College of Humanities

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Dr Protas Madlala, an anti-apartheid activist who fought for vulnerable people who faced forced removals, was capped Doctor of Social Science (honoris causa). He expressed his deep gratitude to the University for recognising his many years of service to his fellow South Africans.
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Ms Nokuthula Duma graduated with an Honours degree in Education. Her dissertation investigated environmental awareness in relation to waste reduction. ‘In light of massive environmental degradation and global warming, waste disposal is still a serious issue in our country. People are not aware nor do they take it seriously,’ said Duma.
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Ms Marilyn Jordon, Mr Thanduxolo Rubela, Mr Thembinkosi Nene, Mr Siyabonga Magoso and Mr Joey Mshengu proved that hard work, commitment and dedication pay off when they graduated with their Master’s in Education. Dr Jaqueline Naidoo supervised their research.
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Operations Manager in the School of Built Environment and Development Studies, Dr Phumelele Zakwe, graduated with her PhD in Business Administration.
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UKZN staff member Dr Shariefa Hendricks graduated with a PhD in Psychology for her research titled, A Dance of Power and Resistance: Supervisee and Supervisor Perceptions and Experiences of Clinical Supervision in South Africa: A Mixed Method Study. The study explored supervisees’ experiences of negative supervision during internship and supervisors’ perspectives of their training and competence in clinical supervision.
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Hard work and dedication enabled intern Psychologist at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, Ms Nicolette Carboni to receive her Masters in Education summa cum laude.
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Staff member in the School of Education Dr Pinkie Mthembu graduated with her PhD in Education for a study on The District Leadership Role in Supporting
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Dr Themba Mkhize graduated with his PhD in Education for his research titled, Resource Mobilisation for the Sustainability of Schools within Rural
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It was a happy and memorable occasion for mother and daughter Mrs Renita and Ms Arthi Maharaj who graduated with a Masters and Bachelor of Education degree, respectively.
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Mrs Ifeoma Deca-Anyanwu recently graduated with her Masters in Education from UKZN for research that analysed selected written reflections and project reports of Service-Learning (SL) projects in a Biological Sciences for Educators module.
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Dr Maxwell Jnr Opoku graduated with a PhD in Science Education. His thesis explored environmental ethics (value and care for nature – plants, animals, lands, waterbodies) from the cultural perspectives of the Akans of Ghana and the Zulus of South Africa. It also investigated how the culturally-specific environmental ethics of these groups could be taught in the senior high school Biology/Life Sciences curriculum, in the respective countries.
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Twenty-two-year-old twins Anele and Wanele Ngcobo of Inanda, who graduated with their Postgraduate Certificates in Education describe this as their most significant academic achievement.
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One of UKZN’s Top 40 Most Inspiring Students, Ms Phakamile Mazibuko was thrilled to receive her Bachelor of Education degree summa cum laude. ‘This shows that dreams do come true,’ she said.
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UKZN staff member Dr Zifikile Phindile Shangase received a PhD in Public Health for her study on the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of drug resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) patients with regard to smoking; the barriers to cessation among current smokers with DR-TB and hospital staff’s knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and practices with regard to smoking.
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Professor Maheshvari Naidu is proud of her five PhD and one Masters students that received degrees in Anthropology, Gender Studies, International Relations and Peace Studies. All were qualitative studies that drew on rich empirical data.
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Ms Catherine Jakins received her Masters in Social Sciences for research on the motivations of rhino poachers in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). Funded by the Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority, the study investigated the personal experiences of convicted rhino poachers in the province.
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Dr Ayoola Dada graduated with his PhD in Social Sciences. His thesis investigated the influence of cultural beliefs and practices on maternal health seeking, the relationship between women’s social demographic characteristics and maternal health seeking and the impact of the social structure on maternal health seeking.
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Fifty-nine-year-old Ms Ntombifuthi Moureen Nzuza graduated with her Bachelor of Social Sciences degree. Nzuza has worked for Tsogo Sun for 34 years and started her degree in 2015.
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After enduring hardship and struggles, Dr Rosaline Kanjo was all smiles as she graduated with her PhD in Political Science from UKZN recently for her study that investigated the Prevention of Xenophobic Attitudes Amongst Female Students at UKZN: Political Socialisation and Policy Awareness, supervised by Dr Lubna Nadvi.
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South African Blind Cricketer Mr Jackson Make graduated with his Bachelor of Social Science degree. He described this as, ‘one of my greatest achievements thus far.’
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Mr Siphamandla Ngcobo, who graduated with an Honours degree in Applied Ethnomusicology, is making his mark as an ethnographic film maker. The title of the film he produced as part of his Honours research is “Passing on the Baton: Investigating the contributions of Brother Clement Sithole in the development of the Zulu Umakhweyane Bow.”
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